Burns suspended for three weeks

  • Freddie Burns was sent off for Bath v Worcester
  • Burns has received a three week suspension

Freddie Burns of Bath Rugby appeared before an RFU disciplinary panel this evening and was suspended for three weeks.

The fly half was red carded by referee Luke Pearce for a dangerous tip tackle on Worcester Warriors’ Josh Adams contrary to law 10.4(j) in the 63rd minute of the match Bath Rugby v Worcester Warriors on Saturday 7 October 2017.

Burns pleaded guilty to the charge and was suspended for a period of three weeks. He is available to play on the 31 October 2017.

The chairman of the panel Gareth Graham said: “The panel heard evidence from the player as to the tackle and concluded that this was a reckless tackle that had, by the player’s own admission, ‘gone wrong’ as opposed to an intentional act of foul play. Given that there was no injury to the Worcester player, the panel found it was a low-end entry point.

“The player accepted the charge in full, apologised immediately on-field and to the Worcester player post-match and has a clear disciplinary record. Therefore the panel gave full mitigation reducing the sanction to three weeks.”

The RFU disciplinary panel comprised of Gareth Graham (chairman) with Olly Kohn and Martin Picton. For background detail on the panel members please click here.